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VGAs 2012: a new hope (despite the Newell gaffe)

Saturday, 8 December 2012 13:29 GMT By Catherine Cai

Two steps forward, one step back. Last night’s VGAs showed reason to hope for a respectable awards event in the years to come. They might want to leave Garry out of it next time, though. Catherine Cai reports from LA.

Despite the GameStop-endorsed goody codes and Jessica Alba’s wince-worthy, half-heartedly delivered monologue about her alleged addiction to Super Mario, this year’s VGAs gained some credibility by recognizing the existence of indie games.

The criticisms hurled at the VGAs for their commerciality and superficiality have long been established. From the Hollywood-loaned stars wandering the red carpet to the Mountain Dew endorsements, the VGAs are the video games industry’s attempt at a legitimate awards show to match the likes of the Grammys or the Oscars. Fittingly, the entire event is hosted at Sony’s extravagant production studio in LA, sandwiched between movie sets and Wheel of Fortune.

This year, the VGAs reached pre-pubescence by turning ten. In doing so, they decided to grow up a little.

In years past, the VGAs have attempted to juggle the glitz and glam of other mainstream awards shows with puerile humor, and failed dismally at both. This year was no different. Movie, TV and music stars were still paraded as red carpet attractions in an effort to bring in mainstream attention (since the industry doesn’t have any A-list celebrities of its own), and immature jokes were still thrown in for cheap laughs.

Yet, despite the GameStop-endorsed goody codes and Jessica Alba’s wince-worthy, half-heartedly delivered monologue about her alleged addiction to Super Mario, this year’s VGAs gained some credibility by recognizing the existence of indie games. Not one, but two – thatgamecompany’s Journey and Telltale’s The Walking Dead – won big at the ceremony. Two indie titles being nominated for the Game of the Year Award and one of them actually winning – over the likes of Assassin’s Creed 3, Dishonored, and Mass Effect 3, no less – is an enormous step up from last year’s show, where indie games were quietly recognized in a giant list of awards barely given ten seconds of air time.

If the endorsements of The Walking Dead and Journey are an indication of anything, it’s the mainstream culture recognition and acceptance of indie games, and, almost certainly, of video games in general.

But, though this year’s awards get a gold star for being the best in recent memory, it doesn’t mean that the show’s producers ought to clap themselves on the backs, congratulate each other for a job well done, and stick to the same formula. Improvement doesn’t necessarily mean a job well done.

Slapping on the gloss

For one, a breather from the in-your-face endorsements and borrowed celebrities would be nice. Understandably, generating the required hype and views to keep something like the VGAs going requires a touch of Tenacious D and a smattering of bad “Sam” Jackson jokes. But while there was no complete rehash of the tactic of quickly skipping through numerous awards in an effort to make more time for the entertainment from 2011, plenty of awards were still glossed over in favor of the acts. How many more awards could have actually gotten screen time had Snoop Lion not been given his excessive entrance to the stage? One of the major things that hold the VGAs back from being recognized as a respected awards show is that its emphasis has never been on the awards.

Yep. It happened.

It also might be high time to do without the immature jokes. Sure, this year didn’t feature the tea-bagging Call of Duty soldier or the pointless pseudo-Japanese game show, but the incessant Samuel Jackson jokes, though somewhat chuckle-worthy at first, became agitating and pointless. We get it. Samuel Jackson likes video games and is a badass who can therefore be bad at kicking ass in video games. We get it. That’s not to say that the VGAs ought to do adopt a serious tone, but the puerile humor doesn’t reflect well on the image of the industry. At the ripe age of ten, it’s time to put on the big boy pants and grow up.

Finding a side-screen host who’s confident in their authority on games might also be a good move. One of the biggest facepalm moments of the show was when Alison Haislip of Attack of the Show! fame called Gabe Newell ‘Garry‘ and didn’t bother to correct herself until hours later via Twitter (to an account that isn’t actually Gabe Newell.) Though on-screen slip ups are understandable and do happen, one probably does not call one of the most recognizable people in games by the wrong name. The side-screen featured the likes of Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo and IGN’s Casey Lynch: why not have someone of the same caliber step in and host the show?

VGA 2012 was a step forward. Not a hugely progressive one, but the show’s producers should be lauded for taking criticisms of last year’s show to heart. The VGAs of 2011 left me unsure of whether or not I wanted to revisit this year. Fortunately, the minor improvements that have been made leave me optimistic of better changes come 2013. In a few years, the VGAs could be the awards show the industry actually wants and respects. There’s still hope.

VGAs 2012 took place last night in Los Angeles. Get full news coverage here.

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26 Comments

  1. Sal Romano

    Nicely written, Cat. Can’t say I disagree. In short, the show could do with more awards and less skits/celebrities. Remember, this is supposed to be a night for the developers who work so hard to create the games we play. I think we owe them a little more respect.

    I could also do without all the F-bombs. A games journalist hosting the show doesn’t sound like a bad idea, if they choose the right person.

    Oh, and just a correction: “One of the biggest facepalm moments of the show was when Alison Haislip of Attack of the Show! fame called Gabe Newell ‘Garry‘ and didn’t bother to correct herself until hours later via Twitter.”

    She actually corrected herself like a minute later. See here – http://www.spike.com/netstorage/events/video-game-awards/live/ – around 2:53:30.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Razor

    loooooooooooooool, Garry.

    Still glad I went to bed, though. Tho tbh I think I’m getting a little bit old to be staying awake all night just to watch some game awards.

    Oh, to be 18 again.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KAP

    vg247 is complaining that Jessica Alba qoute on being a fan of Super Mario wasn’t convincing enough…?!

    smfh guys.

    Jessica Alba, where ever you are, thank you for turning up and making 99.9% of the women there look ugly (and they all knew it too) compared to you luv’

    Dudes, really! I found this years show a great surprise from previous years, shown new trailers and well deserved awards and have a generally laugh out loud moments that didn’t take it self too seriously.

    And Sam Jackson’s a legend.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. scott_wright

    so the British Academy Video Games Awards isnt a thing then? oh wait..it is. And its very much like the Oscars…or the BAFTAs.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Keivz

    I agree with KAP. Plenty of lol moments. And it was nice to see Jessica Alba again. Having said that, I think a more serious tone with more time dedicated to well produced/cinematic moments of games from the past year would go along way. And maybe through in a developer’s corner where backstories are provided on some of the development teams.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. RPRezo

    >>VGAs are the video games industry’s attempt at a legitimate awards show to match the likes of the Grammys or the Oscars.

    No it’s not. And the faster you guys will understand this, the faster this yearly nonsence-reviews will stop.

    VGA is MTV Movie Awards of Video Games. Both in style AND in substance. For example, awards in both are decided by viewers, not by some group of professionals (something you seem to miss completely). So no, VGAs didn’t “recognize the existence of indie games” – we did.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Gary Newell… Okay.

    Maybe she thought about Garry’s mod? LOL Stupid bitch.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    What a bad joke! I can’t believe that some of you support this kind of events.

    edit: Then again most of you buy Call of Duty games so it kind of makes sense.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. PEYJ

    They’re somehow still trying to immitate the movie industry when they bring in film actors like Jack Black and Samuel Jackson and more, and it’s really not doing anything progressive for the industry. Instead it should find it’s own commercial voice so to speak and let gaming talent present the shows. Like if Nolan North and Jenniffer Hale hosted the show for instance. It seems as if they desperately want’s to look like the movie industrys cool (read: self indulgent) younger cousin.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SlayerGT

    I voted for Borderlands in every possible category because I was bribed…by Shift Codes ;) Thanks Randy! Seriously though is that morally legit? I don’t feel dirty. Journey and BL2 were the only games I liked at the show anyhow. Aww who cares! You should see this E-tech Tediore I got! Its badass!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. catherinecai

    @1: You’re 100% right! I missed it the bustle! My bad!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    When I look at something like the VGAs, I see people trying to sell me stuff, not people taking pride in, or celebrating anything.

    Instead of doing something to capture the imagination, they show you trailers for stuff that someone wants you to buy. It’s sad, and I really don’t see how that’s taking anything anywhere.

    Then again I guess it is a pretty decent reflection of the industry.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    ^ /respect

    #13 2 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    I enjoyed the attempts to tie memorable video game soundtrack themes, with the live orchestra, into proceedings. The medley to acknowledge the GOTY nominees was impressive, and I liked the treatment (albeit in the pre-show) of the showing of the winning animation about the “life” of a Sentry turret in TF2. DO find and watch that.

    I thought the TWD “I’m Sam Jackson” skit was funny…After that, the ancillary stuff (and the rest of the pieces he starred in) fell back too much, and the show settled into a lull of ratio in too many breaks, to awards presented. That the show didn’t end with “and one more thing…!” instead another TD performance sort of left it lacking. I have no clue what Snoop was doing. My mind zoned out during his bit…Reggae or something, and he likes TTT.

    Most awkward-looking appearance by a celebrity award went to the cast of AMC’s TWD…Good grief! Again, the interview kept to the pre-show, but “Glenn” (Stephen Yeun) especially had a rabbit in the headlights look about him. Celeb appearance of the evening, goes to Marlon Wayans. He was featured a few times, and I found him entertaining, and acting as if he understood his audience when he spoke.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. The_Red

    @14
    Agreed about the music pieces. I specially enjoyed two of them (GOTY noms and Last of Us).

    Overall, the show was better than usual. There were some cringe worthy parts (Jessica Alba’s speech was horrible… Poor Dark Souls 2) but it was ages better than previous shows.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. An Aside

    If we’re talking indie games, you’ve forgotten Sound Shapes winning both best handheld title (which was interesting in itself, considering it’s also on the PS3) and best song in a game for “Cities.”

    Apart from that, I just really want to know if dear old Sam has played half of the games he was put in skits for.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. kupocake

    @6 That’s definitely true, and it serves its purpose… the real problem is, there is currently no alternative that holds the position of the Academy Awards or the Grammys to counter it (there are decent awards shows, but none of them have made the inroads into the public consciousness that prestigious awards shows in other media have, or the VGAs very nearly have).

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    In fairness to Alison Haislip, its safe to say she’s a genuine gamer and the name thing was obviously just a slip up.

    God knows it was a step up for everything they’ve ever done before, but it still has a long way to go. Here’s hoping next year with keep the quality going upwards, instead of downwards.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Shuklar

    Who the fuck expects quality and class from a SpikeTV production? They’re nothing but rednecks, just like their viewers. It’s ironic that they’re attempting to provide awards for quality when they have none of their own.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @19 Tarring everyone with the same brush while claiming an imposed sense of superiority…

    …is that you, Da Man?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Shuklar

    @20 just pointing out how ridiculous it is to care about this. It’s like the City of Detroit attempting to hand out awards for literacy.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. mathare92

    @6 – VGA is MTV Movie Awards of Video Games.

    This. I’m quite sure there’ll never be a point where we actually compare this loud sideshow to things like the Grammys or Oscars.

    For people interested in actually legitimate, grown-up games awards shows, my first suggestions would be the GDC Choice Awards or the BAFTAs.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. roadkill

    @19 +1

    #23 2 years ago
  24. The Auracle

    Catherine, you make some valid points and I wish I could share your optimism where the VGAs are concerned. Sadly though, I can’t. Here’s why:

    Exhibit A: The celebrity obsession. There are plenty of actors, musicians, and otherwise popular figures that deserve to champion video games and gamers. Jessica Alba and [as much as I'm a fan of him] Samuel L. Jackson are not those people. Why not bring in some actors and musicians that have actually worked on a game and/or play themselves? Alba may love Mario but what does she have on Felicia Day? Jackson may be a bad ass but what has he got on Jack Black?

    Exhibit B: The VGAs have always had this incredibly patronising tone to their presentation. The way they focus on the glitz and glamour and parade it around in the face of gamers is revolting. It’s as if they play on the whole stereotype of gamers being socially inept and devoid of talent away from the keyboard & mouse/console-specific controller. This year was no different in that sense and I’m quite sick of being treated like that. Contrary to popular belief, most gamers are adults; not teenagers with raging hormones.

    Exhibit C: There are better award ceremonies. For me, the British Academy Video Game Awards will forever supercede anything that the VGAs honour. They pay attention to the craft of the developers and treat all involved with respect. They nominate the crème de la crème of the year’s gaming offerings and they let the games speak for themselves, rather than leaving it down to a pack of rabid fanboys fapping over the game they love the most. That’s the fundamental difference between the VGAs and everything else: it’s not some MTV/Teen Choice Awards-esque popularity contest.

    Spike TV are also notoriously sexist in their portrayal of female gamers and give little to no recognition to the females actually working within the industry itself. As someone above me said, most of the producers for that network still think it’s 1955 and would rather see tits and ass before they see a woman pwn someone in a couple of rounds of Mortal Kombat. It’s exhausting.

    Anyway… I’m out.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ruckus

    Looks like people will be sycophantic cunts to the end I guess. Oh! Award ceremonies or something. Zz_zz

    #25 2 years ago
  26. EsmeraldaIP

    While I agree the VGAs this year were a step forward in terms of awards and entertainment, I wouldn’t exactly call The Walking Dead or Journey indie considering their publishers. Yes, TellTale is not as big as Sony, but they still have enough history behind them to classify both publishers, therefore games, above indie. But it’s great they got recognition, rightly deserved.

    That said, the VGAs doesn’t really need to “grow up.” This article is asking the VGAs to be something it’s not. It’s on Spike, it’s catering to the same demographic their entire show lineup caters to, it just happens to be giving out awards and is on TV, so more people know about it. Would I love it to be different and more respectable, with less marketing and celebrities who don’t care about our industry showing up (Sam cares, Jessica Alba does not)? Sure. But you have to accept the Spike VGAs for what it is, and realize we need to give more focus to award shows like the Interactive Achievement Award at DICE and the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC.

    Extra Credits, a show now on Penny Arcade (formerly on Escapist), says it best, “Spike is not trying to be our Oscars.”

    Also, this may seem bias, but I also think we at Machinima did a good job with our awards show (Inside Gaming Awards) in terms of award categories, pandering, and hosts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UABxQM-IWI It’s no Oscars, but I’m happy we’re not VGA quality.

    #26 2 years ago

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    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]